LNGS 424: Language and Gender


The course provides a historical overview of language and gender theory and research. It
examines the ways in which language is used by men and women, and the linguistic means by
which they are portrayed, in order to understand the process of gender (re)construction in
society. Topics include: essentialist and constructionist views on sex and gender, essentialist
and constructionist approaches to language and gender, construction of gender identities,
notions of femininity and masculinity, and representation of gender and language use in
specific domains. It also involves critical analyses of gendered texts from various domains.